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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Downtown This Week 11/29/2010 - 12/06/2010


Lowell  Summer Music Series 2011 Season Pass Holiday Sale!  For the Holidays, give the gift of music and take advantage of the lowest price of the year!  For a limited time only: Get a 2011 Individual Season Pass good for all 2011 Lowell Summer Music Series concerts for $270. Pay less than $15 per concert for a summer of quality entertainment - the lowest price that will be available for this Series. A great buy! This offer is only available online and offer ends December 31.  For more information visit  www.Lowellsummermusic.org.


In this issue
Retail & Restaurant News
Sports & Events
Got Tickets?
Business News
Retail & Restaurant News 


Dharma Buns, 26-A Market Street: Thursday December 2, Beer Tasting and Open Mic Night, Thursday  featuring Ipswich Brewing Company. For more information visit www.dharmabuns.net.


Cobblestones, 91 Dutton Street: Booking Holiday Functions Every day, on all three floors!  Sunday Sweepstakes and weekly Patriots giveaways every Sunday, including Patriot Tickets! Featuring Wild Game Specials every week through Super Bowl.  For more information visit www.cobblestonesoflowell.com.


Lowell Beer Works: 203 Cabot St.:  Happy Holid-ales!  Beer Works ushers in December with a feast of comforting Ales and Fare. Forget about your Aunt's Fruit cake and stop by to try some Lobster Mac & Cheese (Holiday decadence with a cracker topping!), or Roasted Lamb Sirloin with Port Wine Gravy. A hand-crafted Holiday brew is enough to chase those winter blues;  a perfectly spiced Winter White, or Winterfest should have you thinking warm thoughts.  Check out our live bands & events each week:  Upcoming artists include:  120 Minutes Saturday, December 4th; & the Flip Friday December 10th.  Please contact us at 978-937-2337 or lowell@beerworks.net  for details & availability. 

Sports & Events 


Free photos with Santa, Thursday December 2 from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM at Barnes & Noble, 151 Merrimack Street and Saturday December 4 from 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM at the Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce Office, 131 Merrimack Street.  While you are out shopping for the holidays, stop by and meet Santa where you can have your picture taken with Santa for Free.  Presented by the City of Lowell,  Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce Downtown Business Committee, Center City Committee and The Greater Merrimack Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau.   For more information visit  www.lowell.org.

Immaculate Conception School, 218 East Merrimack Street: Annual Christmas Fair, Sunday, December 5, 9:00 AM - Noon. Pancake breakfast, pictures with Santa, arts & crafts, children's gift raffles, face painting, music, white elephant table, baked goods, gift baskets for all ages, book sale, ornaments, and wreaths.  Admission is $5.00.  


Holiday Art & Craft Fair, hosted by the UMass Lowell Center for Women & Work. Begin your holiday shopping and enjoy musical performances. UML Inn & Conference Center, 50 Warren Street,. The event runs from 2:00 PM - 8:00 PM and is open to the public.  For more information www.uml.edu/centers/women-work. 



Don't miss out as UMass Lowell takes on the best competition in college hockey as part of the Hockey East Conference.   River Hawks vs. New Hampshire,  Thursday, December 2nd at 7:00 PM.  Micky Ward Night Promotion with a special mini boxing gloves giveaway. Visit www.GoRiverHawks.com for more information. 


Pollard Memorial Library:   Independent Film Screening, Saturday, December 4th at 12:00 PM,  Under the Eightball directed by Timothy Grey and Breanne Russell.  Join us for this free screening of an independent documentary about Lyme disease -- it's murky history and the medical profession's difficulty in diagnosing the disease. Timothy Grey's sister was afflicted with the illness in 2006 prompting him to investigate the history and cause of this disease. He was shocked with what he found. This screening will be followed by a Q&A with Gray.  For more information visit  www.pollardml.org.


Lowell Spinners, 9th annual Alumni Dinner, Wednesday, January 19.  For tickets and information visit http://www.minorleaguebaseball.com/index.jsp?sid=t558.


Lowell premiere of "The Fighter"; Showcase Cinemas,  Thursday December 9  at 7:30 PM, reception at the Courtyard by Marriott, 5:30 to 7:00 PM; Tickets $75; 978-459-6150. Proceeds will benefit Team Micky Ward Charities and the Greater Merrimack Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Got Tickets? 
The Lowell Memorial Auditorium - Upcoming shows: Cats, December  3, Abba Mania, December 4 and Lewis Black,  December 5 .   For other shows and tickets please visit www.lowellauditorium.com.

Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell:
  Snoop Dog,
January 28
For  more information visit  www.uml.edu/tsongascenter/.


Merrimack Repertory Theatre:  Beasley's Christmas Party, adapted by C.W. Munger, from the story by Booth Tarkington, November 26 - December 19.  For more information visit www.merrimackrep.org.  

Museum and Gallery News

All Arts Gallery, 22 Shattuck Street: The Arts League of Lowell opens its new gallery on December 1 with the Holiday Show running through January 9, 2011.  Opening reception, Sunday, December 12 from 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

For more information visit www.artsleagueoflowell.com.   


Ayer Lofts Gallery, 172 Middle Street: Ayer Loft's artist-residents and their guests show off their latest creations including art, sculpture, photography, pottery and jewelry making.  Saturday and Sunday  12:00 PM to 4:00 PM, December 5 - December 26.  For more information visit www.ayerlofts.com.


American TextileHistory Museum, 491 Dutton Street: High Style: Betsy Bloomingdale and the Haute Couture, August 14 - January 2.  This exhibit gives a rare and fascinating glimpse into the personal world of style ofBetsy Bloomingdale, one of America's most celebrated socialites and fashion icons.  For more information visit www.athm.org. 

Western Avenue Studios, 122 Western Avenue: Holiday Open studios, December 4 & 5 and December 11 & 12 from Noon to 5:00 PM. Six floors of artisits offering unique items for holiday gift giving.  For more information visit  www.westernavenuestudios.com.                                                                             
The Loading Dock Gallery:   Winter Lights III, Creations by artists & artisans Ann Lee, Barbara Guilmet, Barbara Frost, Betsy Keeney, Kristin Kelley, Heather Wang, and Peter Zimmerman Opens November 24.  Artists Reception: Friday, December 3 from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM.   For more information visit www.theloadingdockgallery.com.

119 Gallery, 119 Chelmsford Street:  Secrets" 6th Annual Juried Exhibit, Tuesday - Saturday 12 PM - 5:00 PM, November 23 - December 16   For more information visit www.119gallery.org.


New England Quilt Museum, 18 Shattuck Street:   African-American Quilts Today: A Celebration of Motherhood, Sisterhood & The Matriarchs.  October 21 through January 3.  For more information visit www.newenglandquilt.org


Brush Art Gallery& Studio, 256 Market Street: Current exhibit, Three Generations Romance The Stones: The Artwork and Poetry of Three Generations of Women, Organized by Carol Boileau.  For more information please visit www.thebrush.org


X/O Studio will be open for the 10 Sundays leading up to Christmas, (12 Noon-2:00 PM). A beautiful selection of oil paintings as well as monoprints and drawings for sale. First time collectors welcome. Prices negotiable and payment plans available. For More information contact Kathleen Cammerata, cammerata@mac.com.



 Business News


YOUNG PROFESSIONALS OF GREATER LOWELL UGLY SWEATER HOLIDAY MIXER:    What better way to get into the holiday spirit than showing off the ugliest holiday sweater you can find!  Please join the Young Professionals of Greater Lowell Thursday, December 16 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at Hookslide Kelly's for our First Annual Ugly Sweater Holiday Mixer.  This will be a great opportunity to network with other young professionals from the area and show off your favorite holiday threads!  Ugly sweaters are not mandatory, but highly encouraged.  Prizes will be awarded for the best (aka fantastically ugly) holiday sweaters (bonus points for ugly holiday socks and turtlenecks). The cost to attend is $5.00 per person. There will be light refreshments and a cash bar. The mixer will take place in the heated tent/back bar area of Hookslide Kelly's. Hookslide Kelly's is located at 19 Merrimack Street in Lowell.  If you would like to attend, please RSVP to info@ypgl.org by Monday, December 13.  

Christopher Samaras
Downtown Coordinator
Cultural Affairs & Special Events
City of Lowell, 
50 Arcand Drive 
Lowell, MA 01852
t: 978.674-1481
f: 978.446.7089

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